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Reader’s Digest launches digital archive

Reader’s Digest UK launches a searchable digital archive available for subscription.

Reader’s Digest launches digital archive
Julie Leach: “Creating a rich 10-year archive of issues provides us with an exciting opportunity to expand the publication’s reach into new readers’ homes and institutions worldwide.” Photograph: Supplied by Reader's Digest.

Individual and institutional readers are now able to subscribe to a fully-searchable, modern archive of Reader’s Digest UK stretching back to 2012, created in partnership with digital service provider Exact Editions. More than 100 issues, each featuring a compendium of advice, true-life tales and human interest stories that traverse cultures, are available across web, iOS and Android devices, says the company.

Reader’s Digest was launched in 1922 by young American soldier and copywriter DeWitt Wallace, who decided to create a magazine that was a compilation of all the best articles from other publications. According to the publisher, the magazine now reaches a global audience of millions in dozens of worldwide editions. The UK edition first hit the shelves in 1938.

Issues in the Reader’s Digest UK digital archive exactly mirror their print counterparts, thereby retaining the magazine’s aesthetic. The Exact Edition platform’s search function extends across the entire archive as well as individual issues. Issues can also be downloaded for offline use through the app.

Julie Leach, managing director of Reader’s Digest UK, remarked: “Creating a rich 10-year archive of issues provides us with an exciting opportunity to expand the publication’s reach into new readers’ homes and institutions worldwide. Exact Editions' streamlined Universals Service also allows us to control who has access to the archive and add great value to existing subscriptions.”

Managing director of Exact Editions, Daryl Rayner, remarked: “Reader’s Digest UK has a remarkable, century-long history and Exact Editions is pleased to be involved in preserving this rich collection of general-interest content that will continue to delight generations to come.”